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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How to Survive Losing Your Job

Many, if not all of us have experienced the feeling of being laid-off or fired. Sometimes you feel relief, but many times it feels like a strong kick in the stomach, losing a job can knock the wind out of you.

After you get home and finish creating a few holes in the sheet rock on your walls with your fist, you need to take the following steps:

1. DO NOT throw out all of your previous work from your employer. (whether it's e-mails, signs, shirts and documents, don't go crazy and throw out anything right away. You are emotional, and not thinking straight. Don't worry, we'll re-visit this.

2. Give yourself a week or two to decompress before doing anything. If you have the financial means, take 7 - 14 days to focus on yourself and your health. Exercise a bit, it will help relieve some stress. Go camping with a friend, loved one or by yourself. Play some video games. Relax and focus on yourself. And do not remain bitter at anyone in your previous company. One reason we suggest to decompress for 14 days before doing anything is so that you can re-new your perspective on your situation.

3. Cleanse yourself and your home of your previous job. Chances are, if you did not quit your job, your experience leaving was not a pleasant one. AFTER you have decompressed, calmly go through your boxes of documents

4. Create a folder titled: "Pats on the Back". This folder (or box if you have that much!) are all of the documents, e-mails (print them out) and other things from your previous job that were successes for you. Remember, even though you are no longer represent company XYZ, all of your hard work remains YOURS. Keep any documents showing successful sales numbers, praises from your boss, etc...

5. Have a bonfire. After you meticulously (with cocktail in hand) have gone through all of your previous employers accumulated worthless stuff, throw away everything that keeps you living in the past, so that you able to move forward.

6. Beef up your resume. After you have shed your past, and are ready to look towards the future, dust off your resume, beef it up and get out there and get work, even if it's a part-time job flipping burgers at In and Out Burger. It's important to be out in society so that you can maintain a societal perspective.

7. Stay positive. This is easier said than done. This is the final step, and it varies in difficulty for each of us. Just keep moving forward. Wake up each day and complete something that is going to move life forward in a positive direction. Enjoy your time off, have fun and STAY POSITIVE!

Feel free to share any other ideas you have when being laid off or fired. Happy Friday everybody!


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